Rat Tail Ale - Cellar Rats Brewery
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3.68/5 rDev +26.5%
No dates on the bottle this was sent as a sample to my local wine store in town. Pours with a huge head, like questionable infection level of foaming head, but it looks nice when it starts to dwindle. Billowing light khaki tan head forms speckled bands of lacing around the sides of the glass and pairs well with the ruby amber colored body. Not the typical look of a pale ale, and these bottles are labeled as 6% abv. Aroma is very vinous, tart apple with some bready malt layers maybe a bit of herbal hops in the finish. Flavor has a sweet juicy fruit malt layer with nutty roasted malts and herbal hops in the finish. Very English in nature, I'm not getting a big hop blast. Super nice malt character with vinous ripened green raisins, mild tartness touch of brash dark chocolate malt kisses the palate and leaves herbal hop bitterness on the after the sweetness resides. It's not harsh in anyway it's just not what I would call a classic American Pale Ale...Interesting flavors, mouthfeel I won't turn their beers down, in fact I'd like to try more and possibly visit the newly expanded brewery and winery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied juicy malts cling to the sides of the palate finishes much weighted in the malt department, even flowing carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad seems like a doppelbock more than a pale ale, but I did enjoy the flavor combinations.
02-05-2012 00:26:51 | More by WVbeergeek
3.03/5 rDev +4.1%
A- Pours a golden amber color with a pretty thin head. Head gone in a flash, and leaves no lacing.
S- Smell is pretty hoppy. A bit of tropical fruits and spice. A bit of grains and caramel malts.
T- I see that they're trying for a little bit of a west coast feel. Its a good effort and fails a bit short. Sweetness from the malts, and a light tropical hop taste.
M- Medium in both body and carbonation.
O- They might be slowly on the right track a bit of tweaking and I'd give it another shot.
01-31-2012 22:09:50 | More by nrbw23
2.6/5 rDev -10.7%
The appearance of this brew was a deception. I first had it pored out of a bottle by the distributor's rep. It looked and smelled pleasant. Once it passed my lips, it became a giant mess. It was hoppy (I enjoy hops), but then other flavors started taking over, making this muddled, dirty taste, that made me hurry up and chug this like it was an american p*** lager. I decided to give it a second shot a week later on tap. It was even worse on tap, to where i couldn't finish the pint. Maybe it's the styling that i'm not a fan of (did not enjoy Green Flash's west coast IPA either), maybe it's this particular brew from Cellar Rats. I'm willing to give it another shot out of a bottle, but I'm expecting the same results.
12-26-2011 19:22:47 | More by guitaristshad
3.45/5 rDev +18.6%
Pours a nice red color with a beautiful head. Sticks around for a while as well. Hops are well balanced with the malts. Kinda bitter at first but well rounded. You get some citrus taste from this one and then its rounds out to a nice light caramel note. Its a decent west coast style ale.
10-09-2011 21:28:55 | More by Rhynes2
3.55/5 rDev +22%
Served from the bottle into a mug.
A- Poured a murky brown color with a one finger soapy off-white head with no lace. Looks closer to a brown ale than an APA.
S- Lots of graininess, cereal, and fruity esters
T- Lots of sweet caramel malt up front, cereal, and some fruity esters and earthy hop presence on the finish. Reminds me more of an English Pale Ale.
M- Pretty smooth mouthfeel up front, some prickly carbonation on the finish
O- Very balanced pale ale, sweet up front and more bitter on the finish. A pretty good beer, but I would not seek this out again.
10-07-2011 01:50:53 | More by Hoptometrist
3.8/5 rDev +30.6%
12oz single purchased at Warehouse Beverage poured into DFH glass.
Ruby red-orange, opaque without precipitant. One-finger tan head settles to foam ring with plenty of lacing.
Aroma is mostly caramel malt with subtle hop citrus.
This has a nice balance. Hop forward bitterness on the end of the tongue, malt takes over and clears the deck. Nice mix of sweet and tart lingers.
Medium body well carbonated, pleasant.
The bottle label does not contain much information and I didn't realize this is an APA until I searched for the brew on BA. Certainly the color does not look like a typical APA and the taste is more of an amber ale. Overall a nice brew, but one that seems mislabeled.
10-02-2011 00:17:13 | More by CaptCleveland
1.4/5 rDev -51.9%
This from description available at the brewery:
Bitterness and aromatic hops dominate this American Pale Ale. Strong Full malt backbone to match. When you taste this you know your (sic) drinking a beer inspired by the adventurous West Coast Ales. 6.5% alc.
A Light red body, One finger head poured into a clear glass.
S Bitter. Very hoppy.
T Bitter, skunky midtaste and aftertaste. I ordered a pint of it and did not finish it. It was the second beer that I sampled here at Cellar Rats and both were very very bitter.
M harsh, full, dominating.
D poor. I did not finish my pint.
08-25-2008 19:34:15 | More by adamette
Rat Tail Ale from Cellar Rats Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.